Visiting Thailand – Land of Exquisite Street Food and Beautiful People

Visiting Thailand – a Land of Exquisite Street Food and Beautiful People…

Lena (who I met in Siem Reap) and I decided to travel by bus to Thailand together. Visiting Thailand, thailand travel tips, thailand adventures, thailand experience, thailand street food

 

 ~A quick word on booking Buses in Southeast Asia~

Most hostels in Southeast Asia will book buses for you – for a commission which, of course, they do not tell you.

They also usually go through only one company so departure times and prices are limited and fixed.

This can be very convenient if the bus station is far and pick-up is included, but often costs more.

My Recommendation:

Go to bus station to buy your ticket whenever possible. You can then shop around for the best deals and times.

You can also see the buses, as they are not always what they are claimed to be – good or bad!

I think it is best to, upon arrival to a destination, inquire right away at the bus station about times and cost to your next destination – Then you at least know what your options are instead of just relying on you hostel to shoot you straight.

Visiting Thailand ~Crossing the border from Cambodia to Thailand

Lena and I decided to pay the commission as the bus station in Siem Reap is quite far out of town. We decided to pay only $5 to be taken to the border where we assumed we could find a cheap way to get to our destination without having to go to Bangkok first (almost all of the direct buses from Cambodia go to Bangkok)

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Crossing the border into Thailand found us stranded – we soon discovered that finding onward transportation was more complicated then we thought. We decided that perhaps it would be easier to go to Bangkok first after all.

It seems the route to Bangkok is mafiaized (no joke)… because we did not pay to go the entire way to Bangkok from the start, we were dumped from our bus and offered a ridiculous amount to board again – four times more than what we would have paid.

But we had heard there was a train to Bangkok…?

Adventures on the Train to Bangkok

We discover the railway station was several kilometers from the border with a set rate of 80 baht by tuktuk –  split between three  it is not bad.

We raced to the train having heard that it leaves at 2pm sharp.

Just barely slipping in before the whistle blew – and for only 35 baht each (actually less because we did not have enough money – they didn’t care! (: )

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And oh the joys of a train – racing through the stormy green. Freshly cleansed air flowing in through the windows.

Peddlers boarding at each stop – shuffling through, calling out their wares – new taste: some good some not so good; surprises unrolled from banana leaves.

Chatting – rather miming/smiling with the locals.

Who needs a stuffy bus full of tourist anyway! I highly recommend the train!

Bangkok = Yummy Food

Visiting Thailand, thailand travel tips, thailand adventures, thailand experience, thailand street foodVisiting Thailand must include seeing Bangkok -a city full of diversity, and a sharp increase in tourism – I was shocked to see a westerner begging outside a seven-eleven.

The streets burst with flavor – food and sweets of every variety.

I could walk the streets for hours trying something uniquely delicious on every corner.

My Favorites:

Iced Thai tea (best with black tapioca balls), sticky rice with grilled pork, fresh fruit, already peeled and sliced – whole pineapples all to myself, and all the creative sweets made from coconut, egg, and flour and wrapped in banana leaves!

Rural Communities of Thailand and Khao Yai national park

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I then headed north to Pak Chong to visit the Suwaratana‘s – my good friend from college’s family.

I had a wonderful time with them hiking up mountains, visiting stunning Khao Yai national park (400 baht entrance fee ]:) with its massive waterfalls, wandering apes and abundant wildlife.

What a wonderful family – I had such a blast just hanging out, having devotions and singing songs I have not heard since my childhood in the jungle.

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